12.24.2008

"They played the oddest game in high school football history last month . . . . "

Everybody and their Christmas Dog have told me to read this today. Let's just say it's by the great Rick Reilly of ESPN Magazine who tells us of a high school football game that happened a couple of weeks ago right down the road. But it's not about football at all. For Christmas Eve, Santa commands you to click on that link. Edit: A commenter points out a Wise County connection in that the Kris Hogan mentioned in the story used to coach at Boyd.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Best story ever. I have had limited exposure to those kids when I worked in Gainesville. Mostly good kids with bad breaks. They were always polite and well-behaved. This made me cry!

Anonymous said...

A touching story and you really never know how it may affect them for the rest of their lives. It may help some them get their lives together by that simple act of kindness.

Anonymous said...

this is what it is all about, barron

Anonymous said...

What a great story. I remember that the Star-Telegram had an article about this after it happened. This is definitely true sportsmanship.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes it can be something as simple as this that can make a difference and inspire one to change.

Anonymous said...

With a Wise County link... Kris Hogan used to coach at Boyd.

Anonymous said...

Thanks BG. Great story.

What I really believe is that act may do as much for the Grapevine players and fans as it does for the Gainesville ones. Actions can change your perspective...forever.

Aristides said...

Well thanks to you, that's the second time my eyes have gotten watery today. The other time was after I read this:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/magazine/12/22/vick.dogs/index.html

Anonymous said...

Thats awesome,what a class act!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tear jerker

Anonymous said...

Having a Coach that Your Boys Respect......Priceless!

CAN YOU PROVE IT IN A COURT OF LAW? said...

Mentioned this on Bagofnothing blog...Gainesville State plays in TAPPS 6A division. For many many years Liberty Christian played GSS for homecoming. Many of our own parents sat on the other side and encouraged the players. We provided a meal and typically some sort of written encouragement. Most all schools on their schedule do the same. But not at this level. This coach went the extra mile to show Christ's love for every single person...That is what it is all about. Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the story Barry. One of the best Christmas presents I have gotten.

Todd Carruth said...

thanks for posting that link. I had not heard about that story. Awesome!

Collectionsite said...

What a great story. It is actions like this that can change a child's life. Positive reinforcement and unconditional love can change the world.

Anonymous said...

Way to go coach for initiating this kind act, and kids, parents and fans for carrying it out!

God bless you all!

Thanks BG for sharing!